Short update - Mt Etna, Sicily
After a long build-up phase, the expected paroxysm occurred today at the South East Crater complex of Mount Etna. Lava fountains were released and a lava flow was emitted in a southerly direction. Ash rain fell on the villages on the east/south-east flank of the mountain.
You can find more information on my website https://www.vulkan-etna-update.de (German language).
This webcam photo was taken during the peak of the paroxysmal episode by INGV. It was taken from the eastern flank and shows the strong glow within the cloud cap that unfortunately covered the summit area during the eruption. Above you can see the eruption column of gas and ash, which is being bent by the wind in an easterly direction:
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